Let us pray (in silence) [that we may follow the Good Shepherd]
you shine the light of your truth for those who stray into error,
so that they may be able to return to the right path,
grant that all who profess the Christian faith
may reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ
and eagerly follow the way that leads to you;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
The above prayer is used by Roman Catholics (on this coming Sunday), and is in the Sarum Missal, and is used in the Church of England; and in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia – but on other Sundays.
Please add any comments and suggestions below – including improvements to my translation (above). I intend this collect to be added to my Book of Prayers in Common. I am considering that it could be in that book for both Easter 4 and Ordinary Sunday 15, and would be interested in any argument against using a good collect twice in a year.
Click on this link to find my history, commentary, and reflection on this collect: Ordinary 15.
Some other celebrations this coming week:
Monday 11 July – Benedict of Nursia
Tuesday 12 July – Sibylla Emily Maude
Wednesday 13 July – Silas
Friday 15 – Swithun
Saturday 16 – Henry Williams
Further resources: TextWeek
image: Good Samaritan by Dr. He Qi, professor at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary